Well....as we move into adulthood, college and the workplace, it takes more time to develop these friendships, relationships, acquaintances, or whatever you want to call the interactions betwen two people. As I have started to use social media tools, and especially today as I started posting and commenting on the network created for the Laptop Institute Conference, it got me thinking how easy these tools make it to do what is difficult for adults to do in real life. Many adults, myself included, are hesitant to muster up conversations with others. As much as we are all at this type of event to do just that, I am often quiet and shy. I am less timid having tools such as the ning created for NECC, and this interactive site for the Laptop Institute.
This got me to thinking and wondering about this phenomena of how these social online tools are really changing behaviors. I know that I feel like I am gaining so much more from the summer conferences and trainings I am attending because of these tools. I'm sure I'm not alone in this adult world of making new friends as easily as one does as a five year old.